Smooth as a baby’s bottom kind of skin
We’re in that season in the year where nothing feels “just right” on our skin even though we try our best to ensure that we take good care of it. Truth be told, it’s a struggle and sometimes a bit of trial and error, because as we grow older (in other words “age”), our skin changes. That all-nighter you were once able to pull off and still look like you’ve had your full 8-hours of sleep? Let’s not try that okay. However, when you know what kind of skin you have: dry, oily, combination and normal, then there are ways to take care of it, maybe pull off that all-nighter and still look as though slept really well the night before. Also keeping in mind that you should be aware of what foods trigger what reaction on your skin and the amazing advantages of working out on a regular basis.
We have found some really great products that are great on your skin without making it feel dry and painful, giving you that extra boost you need, whilst showing some TLC for your skin.
Black Soap / African Black Soap
A lot of people have been saying that black soap is incredible on the skin, not harsh and you see the results. It comes in the liquid or brick form, and its best you do your research before you just buy it anywhere, or better yet, find a local supplier with a good track record who can help you. Black soap cleanses gently which makes it ideal for if you struggle with rosacea, rashes, and dryness for example and has antibacterial properties that may help treat acne breakouts.
Turmeric masks have been around for many years and work well reducing inflammation and facial redness whilst promoting healing in the skin. Turmeric has antioxidant properties which work well for rejuvenating your skin, softening lines and some of those wrinkles and giving the face a more youthful appearance – hello all-nighter!
Tea tree oil
We’ve heard tea tree oil being mentioned for hair and nails as well as being used for some homeopathic remedies, but it’s also quite good for the skin. It is a wonderful ingredient for a homemade acne face mask. The oil has antimicrobial properties that can quickly and effectively kill quite a few strains of bacteria that infect the skin. Tea tree oil helps to reduce swelling and redness in inflamed pimples and dries up excess oil from the pores.
Before using any new product on your face, it’s important to read up on the product, speak to people who are knowledgeable and also use what works for you!
To get you started, have a look at some of these amazing local companies that offer incredible products that you can have a look at. Phenomenal service, women owned and great at what they do: Nirmala Essentials and Corium Skincare. Don’t be shy, let us know what’s been working for you, we’d be keen to try it too!
Oh and remember all those times you were told to wear sunscreen? It’s true, it helps – wear it!
words by Phumeza Langa